1. How companies or organizations use digital or social media to effectively communicate ideas, information, arguments, and messages to achieve a specific goal.
2. How digital or social media has transformed the communication of idea, information, and arguments in society.
The use of digital and social media can have a profound effect on society. This project requires you to research and report on an organization or company who has used or is using digital or social media to create a profound effect, impact, or influence on others.
Project 2 consists of:
1. Project Requirements (topics and content to cover)
2. Presentation Requirements (content organization)
3. Submission Requirements (how to submit your assignment)
4. Presentation Resources
5. Due Date Information and Late Policy
Select an organization or company that used or uses digital or social media to impact others. CREATE A PRESENTATION (using a professional presentation application such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, or Apple Keynote for the Mac) highlighting the information you found.
NOTE 1: You are required to complete ALL THREE SECTIONS of this project (Sections 1, 2, and 3).
PLEASE SELECT A DIFFERENT COMPANY THAN THE ONE YOU USED IN PROJECT 1.
SECTION 1: ORGANIZATION OR COMPANY INFORMATION
Provide the following information about the organization or company you select. Answer the questions below:
Item 1: What is the name of the organization or company?
Item 2: What year was the organization or company established?
Item 3: What is the organization’s or company’s goal or mission?
Item 4: Provide the company’s or organization’s website address (URL), if available.
Item 5: Where is the company or organization’s headquarters located?
Section 1 Source: Include at least one source for Section 1. Include this source as an in-slide citation and on your References slide(s).
SECTION 2: DESCRIPTION OF THE DIGITAL OR SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCE
Describe how digital or social media was used to influence others while answering the following questions:
Item 1: Describe how digital or social media was used to influence others. Provide at least one example, instance, or situation that highlights this influence.
Item 2: In the example, instance, or situation you provided in Item 1, what specific digital or social media platforms were used (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat, Pinterest, or YouTube) and how were they used?
Item 3: What occurred as the result of the use of digital or social media? Describe the impact or magnitude of the change.
Section 2 Source: Include at least one source for Section 2. Include this source as an in-slide citation and on your References Slide(s).
To help you with completing Section 2, an example is provided below:
Section 2 Example 1: Invisible Children – Kony 2012
In 2012, an organization called Invisible Children created and posted a 30 minute movie on YouTube to launch a campaign they called “Kony 2012.” View the movie here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc).
The Kony 2012 campaign was an effort to capture James Kony, who was portrayed as a ruthless rebel leader in Uganda who committed numerous atrocities against humanity, including kidnapping and murder.
The Kony 2012 campaign had a tremendous impact. The video generated over 100 million YouTube Views. Over 20 million dollars was donated to support the effort to capture James Kony
NOTE 2: You cannot use Invisible Children in your project.
To help you with completing Section 2, a second example is provided below:
Section 1 Example 2: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
In 2016, the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALS) organized the Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge involved pouring a bucket filled with ice and water over a person’s head, followed by the person nominating 3 people who then had to take the challenge. The person would then making a contribution to ALS research. The challenge quickly became viral, gaining support and participation from celebrities. As a result of the challenge, traffic to the ALS web page increased, over 250,000 new donors signed up, and over 13.3 million dollars was raised.
NOTE 3: You cannot use the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in your project.
SECTION 3: ANALYSIS
What was the full impact of the use of Digital or Social Media?
Item 1: Was the change created by the use of digital or social media positive or negative (or both) in your opinion?
Item 2: How successful was the company in accomplishing the objective? Support your answer.
Item 3: List one thing the company could have done better to accomplish their objective.
To help you with completing Section 3, we have provided two examples below:
Section 3 Example 1: Invisible Children – Kony 2012
The Kony 2012 campaign had both positive and negative results:
The Kony 2012 campaign received global attention. This attention lead to political and military action. The US government, lead by President Obama, backed a mission of 5,000 soldiers to James Kony.
The organization came under scrutiny as many have questioned their efforts (see YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okmswBs4rdg or CNN report at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEVKNVTnYRA).
James Kony has not been caught. Some people even believe that he is no longer living or a threat to the region.
Section 3 Example 2: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The Ice Bucket Challenge was extremely successful. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge increased the level of awareness of ALS and was extremely positive.
The Ice Bucket Challenge campaign has ended. In order to sustain the effort by coming up with a new challenge each year. One idea would be to use a number of celebrities to start the new challenge every year. Also, the association could do a better job of showing how the money donated has gone to furthering the cause. I would also create a thank you video from current ALS patients. The key here is to find ways to take advantage of the momentum the Ice Bucket Challenge initially created.
Section 3 Sources: Include at least two sources for Section 3. Include the two sources as in-slide citations and on your References page. At least one source should be professional or scholarly.
NOTE 4: You can not use in your project or any company or organization we discussed in class or in this assignment (e.g. The Ice Bucket Challenge or Invisible Children).
1. SLIDE SETUP AND ORGANIZATION
Your presentation must include the following slides and sections:
Item 1: Title Slide
Your Title Slide should contain the following:
- Project Name
- Your Name
- Instructor’s Name
- Course name and section number
Item 2: Organization or Company Information (Section 1)
Item 3: Description of the Digital Media Influence (Section 2)
Item 4: Analysis of the Digital Media Influence (Section 3)
Item 5: Summary Slide
Item 6: Question Slide (this is where the audience is invited to ask questions). You will only need to include a “Title Only” slide .
Item 7: References Slide(s) (Your References MUST be in APA format)!
2. PRESENTATION LENGTH
Minimum of 15 slides; Maximum of 25 slides.
(Title and Reference slides do not count toward the total slide count).
NOTE 5: Going over 15 slides is fine, but if you are under 15 you will be penalized 10% (one letter grade) for every 2 slides you are under the 15-slide minimum.
3. SLIDE DESIGN REQUIREMENTS
a. Keep it Simple: Slides must be easy to read and uncluttered. Keep in mind the 7 x 7 rule with presentation software, which effectively states no more than 7 words per bullet and 7 bullets per slide.
b. Images: Pictures and images should be used sparingly to avoid distraction from the main contents. Include at least one table, graph, or image of an appropriate size that is relevant and supports the information provided in your paper. Feel free to create the image if you like, but it must be professional.
c. Fonts: Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Helvetica. Use 36-point font for your slide title, 28-point font for main points, and 24-point font for secondary points.
d. Footer: Include the slide number, title of your presentation, and your name in the footer (except on title slide).
e. Background: Appropriate for the presentation. Use creativity here, but your background color or design must not detract from the readability of the slides. A bad example would be using dark text against a dark background. Make sure the background and font colors are a good contrast.
f. Contrast: Appropriate Foreground-Background Segregation (use dark text against a light background or white or light colored text against a dark background. This creates contrast.
4. PRESENTATION NARRATION
Add “Narration” to each and every Slide in your presentation.
I would like you to present your presentation as if you were giving it to a LIVE AUDIENCE. In addition to designing each slide, I also want you to provide me with the transcript of the words you would actually say, word-for-word. while each slide is being displayed.
You can accomplish this in several ways:
a. Adding Text Narration to the Notes Section of each slide, OR
b. Adding Voice Narration to each slide (Export the Narration as a .MOV file).
Include at least Four (4) Sources (Total)
a. Include at least One (1) Source for Section 1.
b. Include at least One (1) Source for Section 2.
c. Include at least Two (2) Sources for Section 3. At least one of the two sources must be a Professional or Scholarly Source.
Clarification: Please do not use unprofessional sources such as Wikipedia, About.com, Answers.com, Dictionary.com, How.com, or anything remotely similar. Examples of scholarly sources include textbooks, articles, academic journals, and conference proceedings. Scholarly resources are written by experts in their fields, grounded in research, and often refereed (reviewed and edited by researchers in the field). Examples of professional sources include: trade journals or magazines. Professional sources are written for a specific audience that works in certain field. They are not research-based. You can also use our course content (e.g. Read & Watch resources) as a source as well. UMGC has a top-notch, extensive online library. You can find many scholarly and professional sources there.
NOTE 6: You can also use social media (e.g. Twitter posts, blogs, YouTube) sources as well as this is a paper about the use of digital and social media.
The following optional resources may be helpful in completing this project:
1. Life After Death by PowerPoint (3 mins | Automatic Closed Captioning)
This Youtube video provides great tips sprinkled in with humor! 🙂
2. PowerPoint Tutorial: Recording and Exporting Videos (5 mins | Automatic Closed Captioning).
Please submit the following to your Assignments Folder in our CMST 301 LEO Classroom by the specified due date:
1. The completed presentation (PowerPoint .PPT or .PPTX, or Keynote project file) or a link to your online Prezi presentation.
Five (5) Day Late Period: The Assignments Folder will remain open 5 days after the due date for late submissions. There will be a 10% (or 2 point) reduction each day (24-hour period) the assignment is late. After 5 days, late assignments will not be accepted or graded. The Assignments Folder will be closed at this point as well and you will not be able to physically submit the assignment.
Exceptions may be allowed, on a case-by-case basis, for life situations (military deployment, medical illness, death in the family, etc). In all cases, timely notification of a “life situation” is critical to the approval of any extensions. All exceptions must be accompanied by official documentation, which is subject to inspection and approval. Work load, course load, vacations, or bad memory are not acceptable excuses.
Running Close to the Deadline?: Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your assignment. Give yourself at least a 5-hour window to account for any technical difficulties that might arise. If you experience technical difficulties beyond your control that do not allow you to successfully complete the assignment, immediately follow the steps below:
Step 1: Contact UMGC 360 Help and Support. Inform them off the problem you are having. Get a problem ticket number from them to document the situation.
Step 2: E-mail me ASAP and include (a) your class and section, (b) description of the problem you are having, (c) your problem ticket number from 360 Help and Support, and (d) your name, so I can investigate the situation.
Step 3: Attempt to attach your assignment to a message to me inside of LEO.
Step 4: E-mail the assignment to me.
This project is worth 100 points or 20% of your total grade for the course.
You will lose points for issues such as: not following directions, not submitting your work on time, and failure to include all required elements. Each omission will result in a partial point deduction.
Submitting Your Assignment
To complete this project and receive full credit, you must submit your completed presentation to your Assignments Folder unless you encounter problems–discussed above).
CYA (Copy Your Assignment)
Please make sure you keep a copy of your project stored on your computer. Technical difficulties do happen–you may need to resubmit your assignment for a number of reasons. It is always a good policy to CYA!
Please contact me in advance if you are having problems understanding what is required of you.
Do Your Own Work
UMGC has strict policies regarding turning in work that is not 100% your own creation. I will enforce these policies.
Verify Your Assignment Has Been Posted ( ** Very Important ** )
It is your responsibility to make sure you have posted your assignment CORRECTLY! Once you have posted your assignment, immediately attempt to view it, just to make sure your post was accepted by LEO, that it is formatted correctly, and you have posted the correct file.
NOTE 7: You will be held responsible for posting your assignments correctly.